I like Prof Kaku and enjoyed his TV show. This book though was probably much more relevant when it came out. Already, the technology of the next 100 years is here. I would probably not recommend this simply because of that. There were several parts where I had to remind myself that he wasn't being a dullard - his predictions just came true far ahead of when he was expecting them.
A lovable yet strong protagonist, a serious plot dealing with modern day sexism, and a more-than-decent narrator. What more could you want?
This book is simply stunning. A strong yet human antagonist, a voice which I could swear I would recognize anywhere by now, and a thrilling story, just the right mix of romance, adventure, and sci-fi. Warranting a five-star rating and a round of applause, Amy Bartrol's second Kricket book did not disappoint after the high expectations set by its prequel. The narrator was wonderful, giving Kricket even more of a voice and character. I have a funny feeling that this will not be the only comment full of adamant praise for this book, and look forward to reading the opinions of others.
No spoilers here. My 8yr old, husband and I - who rarely agree on books - were all transfixed listening to this book. I have to note though that there are lots and lots of f-bombs so share with YOUR kids as you see fit. But the story had little else that could be objectionable to a younger set. I was very interested in the science, which has been said to be very accurate, and when I couldn't follow along it still went quickly. If I had been reading, rather than listening, I would have skimmed it all and I am glad I listened because it was interesting and enlightening and I needed that push to pay attention to it. Again, the 8 yr old liked the science and did not suffer too much when it was on. But the science was one of the reasons I bought the book. The story moves quickly , has interesting characters, is fiction set on Mars but isn't really 'science fiction' as I have always thought of it. Just futuristic.
The reader was AMAZING. He did a great job and I have ask publishers - PLEASE HIRE THIS GUY! He is meant for this job. He should win a Grammy. Seriously - how do I nominate him?
Mark was funny and smart and kind. He is a great hero figure. I am impressed with his sense of humor. I would love to read more about the crew and Ares. I can only hope that Weir is working hard on other similar works.
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